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Sam Viviano (M.S.), Piano

Samuel Viviano, Associate Professor, received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from The Juilliard School where he was a scholarship student of Adele Marcus. Mr. Viviano gave his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1979 and his Washington debut at the Phillips Collection in 1984. The New York Times spoke of his "impeccable control" and "natural affinity for the music's poetic content," while The Washington Post lauded his "total conviction and mastery." In 1986 he played a solo program of 20th-century American music at New York's Merkin Concert Hall, of which The New Yorker cited his “sure fingers and large-scale control." His articles have appeared in Clavier and The American Music Teacher. Mr. Viviano has been soloist with the symphony orchestras of Charlotte, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Vermont, and Amsterdam. Before his invitation to the University of Memphis in 1980, Mr. Viviano taught at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, Middlebury College in Vermont, and was a founding member of The Orpheus Piano Festival at Johnson State College in Vermont. In recent years he has done extensive study concerning a natural, healthy approach to the piano with Dorothy Taubman, Edna Golandsky, Sheila Paige, and also with Yoheved Kaplinsky at Juilliard. His website,, home of PuffinTanz Press, displays his varied artistic output: piano compositions, pedagogy books, teaching aids, musical artwork, CD and descriptions of specially designed presentations.

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